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Bringing Brazil to the US, LA Zouk is creating an international Congress bringing the best from around the world to share their passion

Discover the amazing Brazilian dance called Zouk Lambada

Several years ago while traveling to Brazil I discovered a dance called Zouk Lambada that forever changed my life. It’s an amazing dance style that is growing fast all over the world. I’ve made it my personal goal to grow it here in the US and LA. The past few years I’ve spent my time here in LA teaching classes and bringing international teachers to the US.

I’m now ready to take the next step and create a congress so that everyone can see and learn this dance from the best in the world. It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity for all the US Zouk community to unite and for new dancers to get exposed to this wonderful style.

I’ve pre-booked an impressive array of the best teachers from all corners of the globe including; Brazil, Australia and Europe. I’ve also booked the perfect venue here in LA that will host the hotel, workshops and parties all aboard an incredible ship; The Queen Mary! It will feature dozens of workshops, deck parties and vibrant dinner meals with entertainment and shows. Let’s not forget the late parties that will go late into the night.

The Congress Schedule:

The Congress will be May 2-6th 2013
Thursday May 2nd - Pre-Party featuring a Party Bus Tour of LA! - A huge party bus, with a dance floor, taking students and teachers to landmarks and all the famous tourist spots in LA while keeping the party going inside the bus!
Friday May 3 to 5th - Congress - Over 35 congress workshops from the best teachers from around the world! Deck parties with live DJ’s! 2 five course dinners with a special lineup of entertainment and shows. Official after parties on-board until late into the night!
Monday May 6th - After Party @ Club in Hollywood/LA

Confirmed International Teachers:

Gilson and Natasha - From Brazil and Russia they are one of the most sought after couple in the world. Gilson has been dancing for over 20 years and travelled all over the world being an iconic ambassador. Natasha famous for her ballet background and impeccable technique.

Joe & Solange - From Brazil and London, Solange and Joe are known for the intensity and passion with which they dance. They are an inspiration to many dancers across the world.

Braz Dos Santos - From Brazil and known as the “King of Lambada” he has been an inspiration to many of todays teachers.

Carlos & Fernanda - From Brazil / Czech Republic - they are known for their unique zouk style and excellent teaching technique.

Ivo Vieira and Shani Mayer (Kizomba and Zouk) Portugal and Israel - they are known for their unique and innovative style of kizomba and body isolations, technique and spectacular shows.

Sofie and Luciano - From Spain and Prague, Sofie and Luciano are known for their urban style zouk body movement and as amazing performers.

The Venue

This Event is not ONLY going to take place in LA, the entertainment capital of the world, but at the Queen Mary; a beautiful historical ship.  Guests can expect everything from gorgeous hotel rooms, beautiful antique ballrooms, afternoon deck parties, and entertaining 5 course dinners with an ocean view!

Queen Mary
Queen Mary
Deck Dance Parties
Deck Dance Parties
Pre-Party Bus Tour
Pre-Party Bus Tour
Inside Party Bus
Inside Party Bus
Queen Mary Hotel Room
Queen Mary Hotel Room

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How we are doing it

To get all this to happen for the community we need to raise a large portion ahead of time. We’re budgeting $7,000 to confirm the venue and teachers.

We've carefully outlined and thoroughly reviewed our project budget so after our Kickstarter funding we have ample reserve to ensure the successful execution of the event. We’ll be able to raise additional revenue through local efforts and party presale tickets. We'll use this to improve the quality of our offerings including subsidizing the meals at the venue.

We've have an experienced team on hand, including our organization partner that has coordinated several similar events. We've already planned for most unique challenges (such as travel issues with teachers) and planned accordingly (backup instructors). After the Kickstarter, we'll be setting up and sending official pass notices and be using an online service for will call registration at the event.

All hotel booking information and details regarding schedule will posted on completion of the Kickstarter campaign. A designated block of rooms has been reserved.

The Congress is scheduled for May 2-6, 2013. You’ll be able to connect with all the details after via our kickstarter updates or visiting our social sites;
www.zoukcongress.com - web
www.facebook.com/zoukcongress - facebook
@zoukcongress - twitter

What we need from you

Our ultimate goal is growing a larger zouk community here in the US and LA by exposing beginners to the best dancers and a great event. We need our attendees from the US and abroad to commit ahead of time and get our kickstarter only specials (prices will go up after kickstarter!). Also, we are asking our friends and supporters to attend and/or support any way possible. We’ve included some great donation packages.

Thanks and we look forward to your support and creating an incredible event! We have a talented and organized team in place! See you in May!

FAQ

  • We've reserved a block of rooms for our event and received a discounted price. They are great prices for staying where all the action will be! For example, a room with two single beds will be around $100 USD. You'll be able to reserve them soon.

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